Valley Health is funding the cost of bringing ImPACT™ (Immediate Post- Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) testing to the athletic programs at James Wood, John Handley, Millbrook, Sherando, Clarke County, Warren County and Skyline high schools.
ImPACT™ is used to measure athlete performance in verbal and visual memory, attention, reaction time and other cognitive functioning prior to injury. If a student athlete is injured and concussion is suspected, the test is re-taken to compare with that student’s baseline results. This objective tool is shared with the student’s doctor to help determine when return to play is safe.
Mariecken Fowler, MD and John D. Lewis, PsyD collaborate with Valley Health and area athletic trainers to implement the program, which is the standard for college and professional sports teams.
Without intervention, two out of three children with weight problems will become overweight or obese adults. Children with additional risk factors including having a family history of obesity, face disproportionate chances of weight problems in adulthood. STAMINA (Students Taking Action Making Improvements in Nutrition and Activity) was initiated five years ago by Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Through a partnership with elementary schools in Shenandoah County, fourth grade students learn to take personal responsibility for their health. Emphasis is on daily decisions and how they effect life long wellness. The program integrates physical activity and nutrition into the curriculum, and motivates students to make these changes part of their routine.